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  • Blake Twigden Bookplate – the Owl and the Possum – Ex Libris Pat Corrigan

    Blake Twigden Bookplate – the Owl and the Possum – Ex Libris Pat Corrigan

    A thoughtful bookplate design by Blake Twigden produced in 1973 using offset lithography with black ink.

    Very clean condition, 11cm by 9cm

    Blake Twigden was born in New Zealand in 1945 and spent over twenty years of his adult life in Australia. He is a passionate conservationist and specialises in painting natural history subjects, particularly exotic birds. He returned to New Zealand and as well as his art runs a private wildlife sanctuary.

    Pat Corrigan having done more to re-stimulate the art of bookplate design in Australia than any other person. The Wiki article on Pat Corrigan is excellent and has an interesting section on his promotion of bookplates.

    Blake Twigden – Wildlife Artist – Commissioned by Corrigan

    $40.00

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  • Bookplate of Sir Samuel James Way Bart – Chief Justice c1910

    Bookplate of Sir Samuel James Way Bart – Chief Justice c1910

    An original woodcut bookplate, over 100 years old, of Sir Samuel James Way (1836-1916). 13cm by 9.5cm in very good condition.

    Sir Samuel was Chief Justice of South Australia and Lieutenant Governor. He was invited to the Privy Council but had to give it up partly due to confusion as to who was to pay him. He was knighted in 1899 so we are pretty sure this bookplate was designed for him late in life.

    Postage will be reduced to cost on final billing.

    Sir Samuel James Way – Leading South Australian

    $30.00

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  • Scarlet Mite (Autumnal Acarus) by Shaw & Nodder – 1790

    Scarlet Mite (Autumnal Acarus) by Shaw & Nodder – 1790

    Original copper engraved and hand coloured this engraving of the Scarlet Mite (Autumnal Acarus) was published on 1st September 1790 by Shaw & Nodder. The rather scary little guy likes apples and pears and in real life is rather tiny.

    George Shaw was in charge of the Natural History Department at the British Museum. Nodder was a natural history artist and worked for Banks on his Florilegium.

    Very good condition with a great plate impression …23cm by 14cm … framed nicely with external frame dimensions 29cm by c6cm …. a good one for the eclectic study.

    Price $90.00 unframed or $220.00 framed in Voyager Natural History style ..

    Unusual engraving from 1790 of the aptly named Scarlet Mite

    $90.00

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  • Slow-paced Dwarf Lemur – by Shaw & Nodder -1790

    Slow-paced Dwarf Lemur – by Shaw & Nodder -1790

    An original copper engraved hand coloured engraving of the Slow-paced Lemur from Madagascar published in London in 1790 by Shaw & Nodder.

    The Madagascan dwarf lemur …. bigger than the mouse lemur but still only 20cm long … and rather skinny when at full stretch … Surely one of the cutest of all mammals.

    George Shaw was in charge of the Natural History Department at the British Museum. Nodder was a natural history artist and worked for Banks on his Florilegium.

    Price $220.00 farmed in Voyager Natural History style. Enquire if you wish.

    Slow – paced Lemur – we love him!

    $220.00

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  • South American Aguti and Paca – 1820

    South American Aguti and Paca – 1820

    An original hand coloured engraving using the stipple technique published as part of the “Dictionniare des Sciences Naturelles” by Dumont de Saint-Croix published in Paris c1820’s. Engraved by Stranhi after an image by Pretre.

    At the time the Aguti (Agouti) and Paca were thought to be of the same family group … not so now .. they have different toe arrangements etc.

    They are however, both herbivorous rodents and among the largest in the world.

    The Paca can achieve a weight of 14kg on a good diet and is the more attractive with its sides patterned with spots and stripes. There are two distinct types … the lowland variety cab be found all the way from Northern Argentina to Mexico. A smaller Paca lives in the northern Andes and the Paramo grasslands.

    The Agouti is generally a smaller animal weighing in around 4 kgs. They are pretty shy compared with the Paca and pretty scared of humanoids. They prevail over much of the middle and north of South America and in the West Indies.

    Price $160.00 framed in Voyager Natural History style ….

    South American Rodents – rather cute – and large

    $160.00

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  • Australian Natural History Trade Cards

    Australian Natural History Trade Cards

    A group of five natural history trade cards all from different sources two of which are circa 100 year old (Wills and Liebig).

    Bright and clean the largest being Liebig’s Black Cockatoo which is 116mm by 70mm.

    Two cards represents the Tasmanian Devil and the narrative on both sadly reflects an earlier period when their numbers were reduced as a result on attacks on poultry and sheep. The Platypus looks like the larger Tasmanian type and is curiously described as a Duckbill or Platypus. The Bennett’s Wallaby is shown feeding and carrying a joey.

    Nice mixed group – Australian wildlife theme

    $50.00

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